When you need to install software updates on your Mac, you probably head to the Mac App Store. But when it comes to macOS software updates, the Mac App Store is really just a front end for a UNIX command, and fans of the Mac’s Terminal can actually use this command to update their Mac and first party apps while bypassing the Mac App Store altogether. Here’s how.
The OS X Help Viewer displays important usage and troubleshooting information for many Mac apps, but by default it stays on top of all other windows, even when not active, which can be an issue for users with smaller screens. Here’s how to change that behavior and make the Help Viewer window behave just like any other OS X app.
System uptime, the amount of time since a computer’s last boot up, can be an important piece of information for troubleshooting and maintenance purposes. Here are two ways to find your Mac uptime in OS X.
OS X lets users “hide” applications on the desktop, which leaves the app open but removes all of its windows from view. As a result, hidden apps are sometimes difficult to keep track of, so here’s a simple Terminal command that will dim the Dock icon of any hidden app, allowing you to quickly see which apps are currently hidden on your Mac.
OS X includes a host of security features that aim to keep users safe and secure, but some of these features may be a bit overzealous and end up causing only frustrations and annoyances, especially when it comes to power users. Here’s how you can deal with one of those annoyances: the infamous “are you sure you want to open this file?” warning message.
If your Mac is experiencing random shutdowns or poor performance, a CPU stress test may help identify the cause. While there are third party utilities that can stress test your Mac, here’s how you can perform basic CPU stress testing with an easy Terminal command.
When buying a new Mac, Apple provides basic CPU info but hides the specific processor model. This is fine for most users, but those troubleshooting issues or hoping to compare their Mac to a PC or older Mac may want to know exactly which CPU is powering their system. Here’s how to quickly find your Mac’s CPU model via Terminal.
The new 12-inch MacBook adopts the iOS Power Chime to audibly alert you when a valid charging connection is made. Here’s how you can configure your existing Mac to make the same chime when connecting your MagSafe adapter, but you’ll need to be running the latest version of OS X Yosemite.
Despite their reputation for quality, even Mac apps can lock up or freeze from time to time. If you find yourself facing a frozen or unresponsive app, don’t give up and reboot your Mac. Instead, first try these five methods to force a misbehaving app to quit.
Dark Mode gives a cool new look to OS X Yosemite, providing users with a dark background for the Menu Bar and Dock. You can easily enable dark mode via a checkbox in System Preferences, but Mac power users are always looking for faster and cooler ways to do things. With that in mind, why not enable a keyboard shortcut that will let you toggle dark mode on the fly? Here’s how to do it.